This was the state of the small zigzag path after the deluge of the 13th of November last 2014 - see the Archives for more photos and details.
Tracked to the Rock yesterday the 28th,the first time I have been out there in weeks.I am happy to report that the path is now repaired and restored to the standard it had prior to the deluge thanks to the work of Coillte contractors.
We,in the Partnership no longer work onsite but speaking personally I will continue to visit onsite at least once a month to enjoy the walks there and bring others there on walks and will continue photographing what I find of interest in flora and fauna and draw on that stock to continue both the Blog and Website to September .
Change is all about us already,some of it subtle such as buds coming into shy leaf,more startling as in the two photos taken in the 'new' Denis Burke Park of lovely setts tiled at the Raheen Road entrance and a mural painted by the Wilderness Youth Project.
Photos three to five remind us of the Rock and the setting of 'reflection' seats there to recover body and soul;as well as reminding us of work remaining to be done as here on the descent at the small zig-zag below the Trailhead.
The shot of the Cormorant / An Chailleach Dhubh - the black witch follows and reminds us of the vibrant bird life to be seen and experienced both in the woods and along the riverbank.
The long winter shadows will soon be a memory so its thumbs up to the awaited arrival of the Spring.
Yesterday morning I left the house at ten and made my way to catch the bus to Carrick.There were but three of us on the bus including the driver.We got chatting as people do and in no time we had dealt with the weather,the Xmas and the New Year,the sales and how things were respectively in both Carrick and Clonmel.
The why of my visit to Carrick was then established and lots of ideas were proffered as to how best to avail of the opportunities presented now that the former Tow Path was walkable along its length from Clonmel to Carrick and in a reasonable time will have a Cycle Track too.At that point I found myself in Carrick,said my goodbyes,crossed the road to Healy Park and made my way to the river path,donned my jacket as a north-wester was blowing chilly and faced into the wind with a light heart.The photos below give a taste of what I both saw and experienced on this fine winter's day.Had set off about eleven and was sitting in Nagle's of Kilsheelin just after half past one.The fare and conversation was so good I didn't depart until three and then in the company of Sean who twisted my arm with a lift home.A great house to break your journey in!
On my regular walks at the Rock I often hear the screech of the Jay coming from the topmost branches among the trees.Yesterday was no exception.
The Jay is a member of the crow family although much more brightly coloured than its relatives.
Its favourite habitat is woodland where oak,beech and hazel grow where it tends to feed on the ground looking for acorns,beech nuts and hazelnuts.They will also eat soft fruit.
In the summer months eggs belonging to other birds will be sought out and they have also been known to eat insects,mice,fish and bread;they do not however eat grain or carrion.
In the autumn acorns are hoarded and several thousand are stored to provide a constant food supply.
The spring courtship display culminates in the male turning sideways to the female while raising its breast and body feathers - see the middle photo above,courtesy of the Irish Wildlife site.
The nest is sited in a tree and is made with twigs,earth and hair.A clutch of five to seven eggs is incubated for two weeks with the young birds spending a further three weeks in the nest.
The name as Gaeilge:- An Screachog - captures for me the shrill shrieking call of the Jay to perfection.
Keep an eye out for the bird and an ear to their call,you will not be disappointed.
...and so I did while it was still bright and early.Entered by the V gate and and straightaway disturbed a number of Woodies/Wood Pigeons as they rose into the trees with their distinctive clatter of wings.Their name in Irish/as Gaeilge is ea An Colur Coille no An Colm Coille....Columba palumbus.
Below the Male is first featured,next the Female and last, a Juvenile.The Wood Pigeon is a large bird,a bird with plenty of stamina.
You are certain to have spotted a Wood Pigeon at one time or another as it twisted,turned or swerved in it's flight or clattering its wings as it takes off or lands.Often seen waddling along in gardens scavenging for food on the ground or from Bird tables.Seen by some as a pest as a consequence.
A wood Pigeon's song has five notes and sounds like ;- ru-hoo -ru ru hoo!.Failed to upload the audio!
Often the first to raise the alarm if an intruder arrives in the wood.
A favourite food with some of our raptors judging by the often seen remains/feathers strewn on the tracks.
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